*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: A miscellany of titles in this popular category, this week, covering a wide range of subjects. New stock added for: Action, Conflict, Eagle, Gemini 2000, Secret Service, Thriller, Tiger Sports, Top Secret & Top Three.
*TV & Film Related Comics: A trio of Film & TV themed Holiday Specials, connected by the A-team, a media phenomenon of the 1980’s. The hugely popular TV show starring a quartet of ex-Special Forces Soldiers, framed and on the run from the military police, had our heroes stopping to perform random acts of high-profile kindness (and high-profile violence, though with no fatalities and barely any injuries) on a weekly basis, and ran for close to 100 episodes. In addition to the A-Team’s own Holiday Special from 1983, FN at £10, we have the Look-In Holiday Special from 1986 in FA/GD £4, with Hannibal Smith’s chums heavily featured, and TV Comic Holiday Special from 1984 FN £6, with Mr. T. nestling uneasily among Popeye and chums. We pity the fool who don’t buy these!
*TV & Film Related Comics: A (Cheryl) Baker’s dozen of the hugely popular Look-In added to our catalogue this week, from the years 1979-1986. Notable inclusions are: the 1st Worzel Gummidge strip (#16/17 1979), 1980 Christmas issue, the Royal Wedding Special (#31 1981) and, if you wanna see some more, three Bucks Fizz cover issues from 1985/86.
*Humour Comics: The Beezer, which, together with its stablemate Topper, exploited the broadsheet format for far longer than most folks would have believed practical, ran from 1956 to 1990, (though it did succumb to a smaller format from 1981 on) introducing a variety of much-loved strips including frontman ‘Ginger’, ‘Baby Crockett’, ‘The Banana Bunch’, and superbly-illustrated adventure series such as ‘The Voyage of the Bushwacker’ and ‘Lone Wolfe’. We have four of the first five issues of this long-lived and much-loved series back in stock. Issue #2 is VG £60, #3 VG- £40, and #4 & #5 VG/FN £40 each.
*Humour Comics: Although it only lasted two years and 106 issues, the second series of Knockout weekly, from 1971 to 1973, launched a number of series and characters that are still well-remembered (partly because many of them were taken up by other series such as ‘Whoopee’ and ‘Whizzer & Chips’ after Knockout’s dissolution) and most of them are represented in these two Knockout Holiday Specials from 1972 (VG at £12), and 1973 (FN £15). Join ‘Fuss pot’, ‘Joker’, ‘Sammy Shrink’, ‘The Toughs and the Toffs’, ‘Pete’s Pockets’ and more for seaside-based fun and thrills!
*Younger Readers’ Comics: Even the pre-schoolers had their own extra-thick versions of their weekly comics to entertain them while Mum and Dad hit the bar & bingo during the summer months, and we have four popular Holiday Specials back in stock: Bobo Bunny from 1970, in FN at £7; Toby, the loveable pup, from 1976 GD £6 (the first Toby Holiday Special), and from 1974 and 1975, Bonnie! Bonnie was Fleetway’s answer to the hugely successful Twinkle, the only other weekly dedicated specifically to pre-school girls, and while even the star power of the Magic Roundabout gang didn’t help Bonnie to ultimate victory, she did give old Twinkle a fair old run for her money. These new-in Holiday Specials are VG £9 (1974) and FN £12 (1975).
*Girls’ Comics: D.C.Thomson’s pioneering romance weekly, Romeo, launched in 1957 to a rapturous reception from the love-starved audience, and spawned scores of imitators aimed at older teen girls and young housewives not yet disillusioned with domestic drudgery. With its stories of bright young career girls in exotic locales, it offered escapism to a generation, but was frequently discarded after reading, meaning that despite its substantial print runs, few copies survive today. Our acquisitions of Romeo in the past have ranged from a handful to a couple of dozen, but we have been extremely fortunate in gaining our largest selection of Romeo issues ever – approximately 200, from issue #5 in 1957 to 1970. The changing façade of the Battle of the Sexes is reflected in the front cover styles, flicking from one trend to another as the decades pass! Many special holiday issues are included in this stellar selection. For price and condition details, see our online catalogue.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: From 1957, IPC/Fleetway published Schoolgirls’ Picture Library, a pioneering digest-sized comic which took the same themes as had been running in the Schoolgirls’ Own Library text digests, but added the exciting new dimension of a pictorial narrative. From Autumn 1963, Micron, a small publisher of picture libraries and story magazines, put out Schoolgirls’ Adventure Library, the content, format, title and even logo of which were strikingly familiar to those of Schoolgirls’ Picture Library. We are, of course, sure this resemblance was entirely coincidental and in no way intended to mislead consumers. Ahem. Be that as it may, we are pleased to have the first issues of both series in stock; Schoolgirls’ Picture Library #1 is FA/GD £50, featuring the adventures of Silent-Three wannabes in “Leader of the Secret Avengers”, while Schoolgirls’ Adventure Library #1 catches the zeitgeist of the day with “Penny Pop-Star Pupil”, and is an extraordinary VF/NM at £75.
We were greatly saddened to hear today of the death of Adam West. 30th Century’s Rob Rudderham writes:
‘When I was a lad, we didn’t have much in the way of comic book TV shows and films (as you young people do now!), so when I heard of the upcoming Batman TV show in 1966, I remember being very excited. I used to settle down to watch it (with a packet of crisps as a special treat) twice a week and thrill to the exploits of Batman & Robin as they came up against a whole gallery of dastardly rogues. But the young me, I fear, felt that the series was spoilt because it didn’t take itself seriously – for all the joy of seeing my heroes on TV, I didn’t like the campy antics they got up to.
‘Watching in later years, my attitude changed entirely and it was the very nature of the comedy of the show that endeared it to me. No more was this typified than in the performance of Adam West in the lead role, whose timing and line delivery was so funny because he appeared to be playing it absolutely straight. The years went by, and it seemed those three series of Batman (and the one film) were never far from our TV screens. Adam remained associated with it for the rest of his life, in books, voicing Batman in animated features, and in the recent DC Batman 66 comic series celebrating the show.
‘For me, and I suspect for a whole generation, the best Batman ever. He will carry on dancing the Batusi and sliding down the Bat Poles every time I watch an episode, which I intend to do frequently. I may even treat myself to a packet of crisps, and I’ll never be disappointed again.’
*Clearance Corner: Our latest bargain lot is an unusual one: 11 issues of the vintage Buffalo Bill text story library. This series featuring the classic Western icon ran from 1899-1932 and our lot is timed around the First World War, between #132 & #168. In conditions ranging from FA to VG, the lot is available for just £5. UK postage (if required) would be an extra £3.50. SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our British section:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
In our What’s Old feature this week, where we spotlight items from previously-listed stock, we showcase the December 1949 #50 issue of All-Star Comics in which the original super-team, the Justice Society of America, battle “The Prophecy of Peril!”. The Justice Society finds they must capture Mr. Alpha, a new villain with a connection to Jay Garrick, the Flash, who uses his scientific knowledge to commit seemingly foolproof crimes. The definitive JSA lineup – Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Wonder Woman, Atom, Dr. Mid-Nite and the Black Canary – pools all its resources to thwart the master villain, in a tightly-plotted adventure courtesy of writer John Broome and the art team of Arthur Peddy and Bernard Sachs. This is GD+, an attractive copy with above-average interior page quality. The cover has been glued at the spine, and the back cover has suffered a long tear which has been carefully taped, but neither of those drawbacks impinges on the cover scene, and the interior pages, as noted, are above average quality for the vintage. On sale at £140.
*DC: One of the more oddball entries in the DC annals, Showcase #43 began as a projected issue of Classics Illustrated. The story was ultimately rejected by the Classics publishers as ‘too adult’, and its only first printing appeared in the insanely-rare UK Classics Illustrated #158a. This material was re-packaged by DC as issue #43 of its ‘tryout’ series Showcase with a new cover by Bob Brown, but – being released before the film, it was a bit of a flop, and DC lost the license which, decades later, several other publishers took up to good effect. Subsequent popularity of the James Bond character in multiple media has made this issue highly sought-after in retrospect. We have a newly-acquired Showcase #43, a highly attractive VG- for £59. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: In 1963, the Scarlet Speedster was at the height of his popularity, and this fact was recognized by DC’s issuing him his own 80-Page Annual, in which the first appearances and origins of his most famous friends and foes were related. On the Good side of the ledger were Flash himself, his protégé Kid Flash, and his malleable chum, the Elongated Man; while representing the powers of Evil were Gorilla Grodd, Mr. Element, Katmos the Metal Monarch, and – in an exciting twist at a time when the Golden Age was an unknown country to most – a Golden Age Flash story with the first appearance of the 1940’s villainess, the original Star Sapphire! Our copy of this treasure trove is an attractive VG+, with virtually no impediment to the cover scene, and is on sale at £50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*DC: We conclude, for the time being, our sweep through the Silver/Bronze age stock of DC with additions to the short-lived Super-Team Family (a brand new Flash/New Gods team-up), Swamp Thing (the classic Wrightson-illustrated first series, including #7 co-starring the Batman), Teen Titans from #15 to #46, many of which are gloriously illustrated by Nick Cardy, Wonder Woman (a range from #139 through to #202, the latter co-starring the Catwoman), and World’s Finest Comics (from 1958’s #95 to #198 & #199, the third Superman/Flash race). For grade and price details, see the website catalogue. That wraps up our alphabetical sweep of the DCU, but of course there will be many, many more DC comics in our future updates. Keep watching!
*Marvel: In the fourth issue of Marvel’s Avengers series, the already formidable team of Iron Man, Giant-Man, Thor and the Wasp was augmented by one of the legendary heroes from the past. Captain America returned to action after years in Post-WWII suspended animation, and rapidly became the acknowledged heart and soul of the Avengers, who have never flourished for long without him! This copy of an iconic issue is an attractive VG-, virtually unmarred cover scene with only a faint diagonal crease across Cap’s head and torso. Very nice nice page quality, tight staples at spine and centrefold. A pence priced copy, it is on sale at £300. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: Another in our highly-anticipated and well-received selections of Marvel premier issues! This week we span the years from 1968 to 1980. Kirby Kraziness with the Black Panther and 2001, A Space Odyssey; liberated ladies Red Sonja and Spider-Woman; media mayhem with Star Trek, and Battlestar Galactica; toy tie-ins Rom, Micronauts and Shogun Warriors; mighty-thewed barbarianism with King Conan; the multi-faceted Moon Knight, with acclaimed work by Moench and Sienkievicz and the Silver Age solo debut of the Sub-Mariner – the latter in admittedly fairly ropey condition, but all there! A selection of these lovelies is displayed below; for grading and prices, as always, visit our captivating online catalogue.
*Harvey: The iconic, and often overlooked, Harvey Comics comedy universe will be the subject of a spotlight for the next few weeks, commencing with Baby Huey, the Baby Giant (who’s also a duck; why don’t they ever draw attention to that?) and Casper, the Friendly Ghost (who’s all very adorable until you consider that he’s the departed spirit of a dead child; buzzkill or what?) Regardless, the Harvey Comics stable of dead babies, infant demons, duck and human giants, and children with obsessive-compulsive disorders delighted generations of Americans, and we’re happy to have more in stock! Our selection of Baby Huey comprises 11 issues between #11 and the giant-sized #88, plus additions to our extant stock of Baby Huey and Papa. Casper is resurrected (sorry) with issues from both his first and second series, plus the first issue of the 1972 spin-off Casper Space Ship, an extra-length giant (but not a baby giant).
*Miscellaneous 1960 Onwards: Now having passed its suppurating seventh series on TV (and with an eighth on the way), still only a small proportion of the Walking Dead’s televisual audience realise that it was a comic book before it hit the small screen. Nevertheless, clued-up zombie-fanciers have been eagerly snapping up the low-print-run issues from Image Comics, and Robert Kirkman’s saga of a plucky band of survivors hanging on to life in a radically changed world continues to enthral a mass audience. We’re delighted to have many new issues added to our inventory, commencing with issue #37 and enjoying a substantial majority (though not quite all) of the issues up to #109. This includes the death of Tyrese in #46, the dual demises of Lori and the Governor (didn’t they have a Top 10 hit in the 1970’s?) in #48, and the first preview of the TV show in #75, plus the debuts of Abraham (#48), Father Gabriel (#61), Ezekiel (#108), and the coming of Jesus in a cameo in #91, followed by the first “Full Jesus” in #92! All kidding aside, these issues have never been extensively printed, so swift action is advised to stop them shambling off! Issue #48 is NM+ at £50, #53 is NM at £65 and #92 NM+ £50. For details on the others, please see our online catalogue.
*Western: It’s the last round-up! Our special event to tie-in with our Western comics window display concludes this week with the previously most underrepresented member of Marvel’s big three cowboy heroes, the Two-Gun Kid. About a dozen new issues in between #66 & #109, including #89, guest-starring both Kid Colt and the Rawhide Kid.
*Modern Reprints: Paperback collections of the very best of DC’s late-60’s horror/mystery revival, which came to be a major aspect of their line in the 1970’s. House of Mystery, House of Secrets and the Witching Hour were in the forefront of innovation for a once-torpid genre. With stellar talents such as Gil Kane, Joe Orlando, Neal Adams, Berni Wrightson, Alex Toth and Gray Morrow, to name but a handful, these paperbacks collect 500 pages in each volume, and are now out of print. NM copies of House of Mystery Volumes 1-3, House of Secrets 1 & 2, and the one & only Witching Hour compilation newly in stock. Volume One of House of Secrets reprints #92, which was the first appearance of the Swamp Thing, an additional bonus for the discerning collector.
*Annuals: Pop! Fashion! Beauty! Love Stories! Pin-Ups! So the 1975 edition of the iconic Jackie Annual promised on its cover and so the interiors delivered. These days, perhaps the most fondly remembered publication for teenage girls, we have a lucky 13 Jackie Annuals new in, nearly all in a pristine FN or VF grade from 1975-1993. At prices from £6 – £10 each, great value for a big nostalgia hit!
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: A classic in our latest First Quenchers (UK #1 issue) event! 1965 saw the debut of the oversized Ranger, an adventure weekly with an educational bent which was caught up in the enthusiasm of the Space Age. Among the features was the debut, in sumptuous full-colour, of Mike Butterworth and Don Lawrence’s Tales of the Trigan Empire’, the story of an outer-space realm full of sinister machinations, exotic locales and strange creatures. A companion paper to the more scholastic Look & Learn, Ranger only lasted forty issues before being absorbed into its sibling, but ‘Trigan Empire’ continued in L & L for a decade and a half of imaginative scripts and superb illustrations, and this is where it all began. This copy of Ranger #1 is a nice solid VG, with moderate corner wear at the lower right cover corner; the Free Gift, a booklet on the BOAC VC 10 – ‘Wonder Aircraft of the Age’ – is also VG, with a light ‘scuff’ at the left edge where it was originally attached to the comic. The comic and the Free Gift are on sale for £50. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Humour Comics: Among the last of the great and long-running humour launches, Whizzer & Chips began in 1969 with the inexplicable but oddly effective concept of having two rival ‘comics’ in the same magazine, and locked in a deadly rivalry. Whether you were a ‘Whiz-Kid’ or a ‘Chip-Ite’ caused many a playground scuffle back in the day! From 1970, this friendly rivalry was expanded into extra-length Holiday Specials (some called ‘Summer Specials’), and we are delighted to have a sequential run from 1970 – the very first W & C Special – through to 1982, in varying grades. Popular and long-running features include ‘Sid’s Snake’, ‘Shiner’, ‘Wear ‘Em Out Wilf’, ‘Odd Ball’, ‘The Toughs and the Toffs’, ‘Fuss Pot’, ‘Sweet Tooth’, and scores more. Our copy of the first Whizzer & Chips Holiday Special (pictured) is VG at £25; details of the others may be found in our online listings.
*Girls’ Comics: We’ve had quite a few Junes through our hands lately, but recent updates pale by comparison with the leviathan influx of stock we have this week – this is the big one! From 1965 through to 1971, we have approximately 150 issues new in stock, and from the 30th January 1965, the title absorbed the veteran School Friend weekly to become June & School Friend, the title by which it is best remembered and best-loved by a generation. No token amalgamation, the addition of School Friend to June’s roster brought the star power of popular features, ‘Bessie Bunter’, ‘Vanessa From Venus’, ‘Lucky’s Living Doll’, ‘Cherry and the Children’ and ‘My friend Sara’, plus the expansion to 44 pages meant that readers of both weeklies didn’t necessarily feel short-changed or ‘crowded out’ by the amalgam. In addition to the more conventional fare such as ‘Nursing Is My Life’, or ‘Laura at Ballet School’, this period also saw a lot of fantasy and sci-fi themed series, including ‘Serena From Space’, ‘Mimi the Mesmerist’, ‘Fourth-Form Wonder’, and Glory Knight, Time-Travelling Courier’, on the latter of which more can be found in our fabulous features section. Previous updates to June have been very well-received, but we anticipate keen competition for what is regarded as her ‘peak’, so make sure your orders get in early!
*Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror: Here’s an update brimming with classic authors and titles, often 1st PB – like a box of chocolates, it’s hard to know where to start! Asimov’s I Robot joins Biggle’s Watchers Of The Dark, Farmer’s The Stone God Awakens, Le Guin’s The Dispossessed and The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (Vol. 1), Moorcock’s The Knight Of The Swords, Stewart’s Earth Abides and Swann’s Green Phoenix. Other highlights of this collection consist of Leinster’s Planet Explorer, Davidson’s Mutiny In Space (with Jack Gaughan cover art), two excellent works by Keith Roberts, Pavane and The Chalk Giants. In the first he imagines an alternate history of Britain if the Armada had succeeded, while in the latter he conjures up a fearful future. Hal Clement represents the best of hard SF, conjuring up a completely believable planet and aliens in Mission Of Gravity, and another, but very different alien in Eye Of The Needle. Saving the best for last (unlike a box of chocolates) we have Spinrad’s The Iron Dream aka Adolf Hitler’s blockbuster SF hit. All of these books are guaranteed to give you hours of reading pleasure; your only problem will be choosing.
Our latest spotlight on our previously listed stock is from 1951, the second of Boardman’s Super Coloured Comic Annuals. Boardman issued faux-American comics featuring reprints of American material such as Blackhawk and original material, the latter primarily illustrated by the talented Dennis McLoughlin. Stars of the Boardman line were space adventurer Swift Morgan, western hero Buffalo Bill, and ace detective Roy Carson, all of whom have devoted followings. The Super Coloured Comic Annuals were softcover albums collecting and rebinding unsold copies of the comics, with a large proportion of material created especially for the Annuals. In this case, a full-colour Swift Morgan lead strip and new text stories starring Carson, Blackhawk and Morgan are the additional material, together with several rebound comics. Of the three Super Coloureds published, all are incredibly rare, but the second volume is believed to be the rarest. 140 interior pages – or as the cover would have it, 1,000 Action pictures, though I confess I haven’t counted – with new McLoughlin illos. on the cover and throughout the text stories. This copy is graded as VG+; light spine and corner wear, minor lower right cover creasing, on sale at £350.
*Clearance Corner: Our latest clearance lot is a collection of the famous Boys’ Own Paper: 35 issues for a bargain price of just £10. Includes a facsimile of the very first edition from 1879, plus 34 other issues from 1956-1964 (one duplicate) inc 2 Christmas issues and 15 with supplement. Although having no comic strip content, there are plenty of illustrations in this long-lived publication full of stories, features, competitions etc — even the vintage advertising makes for very entertaining reading! These fit into a large shoe box, weighing just over 3.5 kg and UK postage (if required) would be an additional £13.50.
On a regular cycle, we sweep through our entire stock to delete sold items and keep our listing as up to date as possible. We’ve just finished deleting sold items from the following file in our American section:
As of the time of writing, this category is bang up to date, with every item listed available.
*Clearance Corner: A bargain bundle of complete X-Men mini-series and a couple of one-shots as follows:
Prelude to Schism 2011 #1-4
Schism 2011 #1-5
Death Of X 2016 #1-4
Odd Men Out one-shot 2008
True Friends 1999 #1-3
The First X-Men 2012 #1-5 (Neal Adams)
X-Infernus 2009 #1-4
X-Club 2012 #1-5
Regenesis 2011 one-shot
Manifest Destiny 2008 #1-5
X-Men & Micronauts 1984 #1-4
Hellfire Club 2000 #1-4
All these, 45 comics, with a value of approx. £125, all in VF/NM condition, for just £20! Your earliest attention is recommended to bag this lot! UK postage (if required) will be an extra £13.50.
*DC: During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, both major companies experimented with tabloid formats, and DC’s was the Limited Collectors’ Edition, selected reprints in oversized format, which proved popular enough to spread to several subsidiary series – Famous First Editions (reprinting in full iconic issues such as Action Comics #1), All-New Collector’s Edition (with, as the name implies, non-reprint stories of major characters) and occasional forays into normally regular-sized titles such as DC Special Series. We have selections from all these gargantuan behemoths new in. Their unusual dimensions meant that they were not well-distributed by newsvendors in the States, nor have they generally fared well in long-term storage. Added to that the fact that barely saw any distribution in the UK at all, and their rarity will be appreciated. From Limited Collector’s Editions itself, we have the Batman All-Villain Special, The Bible, with stunning all-original Nestor Redondo artwork, Superman, Secret Origins of Super-Villains, Super-Friends, (with an original Alex Toth framing sequence), Batman: Baffling Mystery Stories, More Secret Origins of Super-Villains, Superman Salutes the Bicentennial, and the rare but peculiar Welcome Back Kotter – one for John Travolta completists – including material intended for the never-published WBK#11! From Famous First Editions, we have giant-sized facsimiles of Whiz Comics #2 (debut of original Captain Marvel) Flash Comics #1, Superman #1, and Action Comics #1, with Superman’s premier appearance. All-New Collectors’ Edition – which confusingly shared a numbering sequence with Limited Collectors’ – brings us Superman the Movie, and not one, but two copies of the epic Superman Vs. Wonder Woman battle, with superlative Jose Luis Garcia Lopez artwork. And a title that’s ordinarily more modest in stature, DC Special Series, brought us Superman II, Superman and His Fortress of Solitude, and – most awesome of all – Batman Vs. The Incredible Hulk, featuring the Joker, with Garcia Lopez illustrations! A selection of these super-sized stunners is reproduced below for your delectation.
*DC: This latest update to our DC stock takes us all the way to Krypton and back, with additions to Superboy (‘classic’ and ‘& Legion of Super-Heroes’, the latter including low-distribution ‘Earthwar’ issues), Super DC Giant (okay, that’s stretching it a bit, but one of the new additions is a Supergirl spotlight!), Superman, and Superman Family. Thirty-plus new copies in our inventory, by Rao!
*Marvel: A front-runner in the second wave of Marvel launches, and now the star of his own Netflix TV show, the sightless swashbuckler remains a firm favourite among comics readers, and is gathering new fans from multi-media exposure. We are pleased to have a copy of his debut issue back in stock, introducing the world not only to Matt Murdock and his costumed alter ego, but also his practise partner Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, the object of both their affections. By Stan Lee and Bill Everett, this classic is a pence priced copy, graded as Fair/Good because of general wear and one specific defect – at some point a house-ad illustration has been neatly cut out, not affecting the story pages. Interior pages are otherwise clean, sound and unmarked. FA/GD p £300. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: More specifically, the return of the X-Men – in their ‘new’ iteration – to the pages of their own title, which had been languishing in reprint limbo since #66. Following the debut of the Wein/Cockrum created international mutant team in Giant-Size X-Men #1, the series continued in X-Men proper, as our heroes clashed with the menace of Count Nefaria. Cockrum’s art has seldom been better, and these early adventures are a delight, bringing a breath of vitality and excitement into what was believed to be an exhausted franchise. Issue #94 is uncommon by any standard, but an additional factor for UK-based fans is that it was completely non-distributed over here. An additional consideration in the significance stakes is the often-overlooked fact that this issue marks the second-ever appearances of Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler, and only the third ‘full’ Wolverine. We have this copy graded as VG+. A light, but long, diagonal crease runs from the top of the cover (just above the issue number) down to about mid-cover. If not for that, this issue would be an easy FN or better. See the picture for details. We are asking £125 for this iconic early appearance of what became Marvel’s flagship team. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Marvel: We conclude our marathon Spider-Mania event with a trio of treats for all fans of our favourite web-headed wall-crawler: 1992’s one-off, Spider-Man Special Edition: The Trial of Venom was an extremely limited issue which could only be obtained, at the time, by making a charitable donation to UNICEF. Very few copies are in circulation, and we have a NM/M edition at £20. From 1976, we bring you the first edition of Spidey’s second series (Ah, remember when there weren’t multiple divergent series starring the same characters? Those were the days… Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man. Originally launched with the intention of focussing more on Spidey’s civilian life, and Peter Parker’s Pals N’ Gals, that high concept lasted about as long as you’d have expected! This debut issue is a pence priced copy, VF at £25. And finally – the big one! Amazing Spider-Man #300, from 1988, the extra-thick special issue which brought the first full appearance of Spidey’s parasitical perp, Venom, to a breathless world. This is a pence edition, clean, tight, bright, with firm staples and sharp corners, yours for £175. Pictures of all three of these beauties may be inspected below. That concludes our ‘Spider-Mania’ event, but never fear – Spider-Man and his frenemies will continue to be a major part of our future updates! SORRY, SPIDEY #300 AND SPECIAL EDITION NOW SOLD
*Marvel: At first glance, the idea of Bruce Banner’s cousin turning into a female version of the Hulk as a result of a blood transfusion from Bruce may have seemed a bit naff, but Jennifer Walters over the years has become a mainstay of the Marvel Universe popping up all over the place and with many finely written and drawn series combining action, drama and humour. She started off right here, in the Savage She-Hulk 1980 and we now have most issues of this short series in stock, mostly high grade with lots of cents copies.
*EC: A sequential run new in of the classic Crime Suspenstories title from #7 to #12 in a mixture of grades and prices ranging from PR/FA to FN and from £16 to £115. Many of EC’s finest artists were involved in this title, including Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen etc., and the crime in the title often strayed into the realms of horror, as evidenced by the Haunt of Fear ‘guest shots’ in all these issues. Consult our catalogue for full grading and pricing information.
*Miscellaneous 1940-1959: Our first visit to Quirky Corner for a little while! The February, 1956 issue of Quality’s Blackhawk was a triple-treat for fans of femmes fatales, as the international aviators battled not one, not two, but three evil Madchen In Uniform in the three separate adventures. Owing to a lack of imagination on the part of illustrator Dick Dillin, all three looked like the same gal had just done a quick-change between panels, but they were all dedicated to the proposition of the female of the species being the deadliest! Hitla purported to be the daughter of the famous Adolf; Communa was the pin-up babe of the Iron Curtain crowd; and Vampira – well, have a guess what her agenda was. Oddly enough, the master plan (mistress plan?) of all three ladies was the same; crush, kill, destroy, conquer, and so on. These delightful cheesy slices of nostalgic pulp are all in one issue, GD-, for £20. A shame none of them made the cover, but trust us, they’re busting out all over the pages! SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Western: Our Marvel Western event this week features the Rawhide Kid, with half a dozen new issues in between #48 & #64. Mosey on down and slap some leather with the Kid!
*Magazines/Books About Vintage US Comics: Another top-up to the popular category of mags focussing on US comics – whether produced in the USA themselves, or here on the UK’s shores. New stocks in for Bat-Signals, Captain George’s Comic World, Comics Irregular, Graphic Eye, Magus, Speakeasy and Zum, with more criticism, commentary and cross-talk than you’d ever expect!
*Classics Illustrated: A further selection of the UK versions of Classics for your attention (all over #100). These additions are distinguished by including a low grade copy of #148 (the UK original Nights Of Terror), plus a batch of World Illustrated; many nicely graded copies present.
*Marvel UK: We’ve noticed a real upswing in the popularity of the UK branch of Marvel over the last few years, so we’re adding a huge amount of new stock to our catalogue this week. Titles range through Forces In Combat (complete from #2 to final issue), Fury (#2-24), Future Tense (#2 to final issue), Incredible Hulk (2nd series 1989 #2-8 inc some Free Gifts), Secret Wars, Spider-Man (including some Free Gifts), Spider-Man & Zoids, The Thing is Big Ben (#2-18 & Special inc. Free Gifts, one of which is Big Ben Banger!), Valour (#2 to final issue & special inc Free Gifts) & Young Romance Special. Hundreds of previously unlisted items! Take a look at our catalogue for full details.
*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: For our First Quenchers event this week, we present the third of Fleetway/IPC’s ‘Big Cat’ papers (after Lion and Tiger). Jag launched in 1968 at an astonishing broadsheet size, reminding readers more of the Eagle than of its smaller-statured stablemates. Inside, the combination of plucky schoolboys in WWII (“The Mouse Patrol”), heroic everyman gifted with superhuman powers (“The Indestructible Man”), and mild-mannered teacher struggling with the challenges of “Snob College” was well up to the Fleetway standard. Unfortunately, the large size deterred a lot of newsagents from displaying the title at all, and the initial lack of a ‘star’ feature didn’t lead many readers to climb aboard; the later addition of ‘Football Family Robinson’ helped a bit, but after a last-minute shrink-down to standard size, Jag was consumed by Tiger after only 48 weekly issues, rendering it a scarce and sought-after short-run series. We have the first issue in FN, with the original free gift – “The Bobby Moore Book of the F.A.Cup”. However, the free gift is regrettably incomplete, having had two pictures clipped from it. Because of this, we’re not doing our usual enhancement for the presence of a Free Gift, and offer it merely as an additional interesting curiosity. This copy of #1 in FN, with incomplete Free Gift, on sale at £40. SORRY, THIS HAS NOW SOLD
*Boys’ Adventure & War Picture Libraries: In our Long Hot Summer event this week, we’re delighted to feature a complete run of all five of IPC/Fleetway’s Space Picture Library Holiday Special, from first (1977) to last (1981). These tremendous space sagas feature Jet Ace Logan reprints with sumptuous art by Ron Turner and others.
*TV & Film Related Comics: Strange bedfellows, but there is a connection between them: Transformers, the heroic robots from outer space, and Action Force – the UK-retitled version of America’s GI Joe, as that last name was deemed incomprehensible to the British market – both launched from Marvel UK as reprints of the American series, but proved so popular that a great deal of UK-originated material was produced for the weeklies which was never gathered in American formats – making the UK edition of these titles a ‘holy grail’ for dedicated GI Joe groupies and… I dunno… Transfans? Furthermore, in the ‘hatch, match and despatch’ formula beloved of traditional British weeklies, Action Force, once it ran its course, was merged into transformers Weekly to form an ‘amalgam’ title, giving the two series yet another commonality. We are pleased to have around half the run of Transformers, 175 issues new in, from #6 to the very final number, #332, plus Winter and Holiday Specials. Action Force is represented by the entirety of it 50-issue run. Heroic Autobot or Evil Decepticon? GI Joe or COBRA? Pick a side!
*TV & Film Related Comics: Just one each of Joe 90 (original series #15) and Lady Penelope (#9) in this mixed update, alongside a few Look-Ins from the 70s and 80s, several Marvel UK Transformers, TV21 second series and TV Comic from the 1950s.
*Humour Comics: A near complete run of the second series of Knockout fresh in this week to tickle your funny bones! From the first issue (12th June 1971) to the last (23rd June 1973), strips include Dead Eye Dick, Sammy Shrink, the Super Seven, The Toffs and the Toughs and many more. Full details as always in our catalogue.
*Younger Readers’ Comics: Twinkle, the juggernaut of the Younger Readers set, had her own series of Summer Specials from 1970 to 1985, and we have a sequential run of them from 1971 through to 1980, in a variety of grades! Not only our eponymous heroine, but – at various times – ‘Patsy Panda’, ‘Witch Winkle’, ‘Molly and her Dollies’ and the David Bowie tribute strip, ‘Jean Genie’, participated in bonus adventures and frolics for the pre-kindergarten set. To top it off, we have the breakout character of Twinkle, Nancy Jingle, Doyenne of the Doll Hospital, in her own scintillating Special from 1978! We’re too good to you! SORRY, THESE HAVE NOW SOLD
*Girls’ Comics: As the fame and popularity of Misty continues to grow, #1 issues complete with Free Gift are getting increasingly harder to come by, so we’re particularly pleased to feature in our First Quenchers British #1 event, a top of the range example of this prized collectable. The comic is in FN condition with no tears or writing and nice page quality; there are a couple of marks where the tape for the Free Gift was attached, but these are just small dark patches rather than the scuff marks more usually seen. The Free Gift itself (Lucky Charm Bracelet) is still in its original plastic bag and though no longer attached to the comic, still has the original (no longer) sticky tape attached; overall we’ve classified the never-used Gift as VF. Comic and Gift together for £120.
*Girls’ Picture Libraries: Over 40 issues of the long-lived Love Story Picture Library added to our catalogue between #731 and #1574, spanning the decades 1960s/70s. With titles like ‘Now Forget the Past’, ‘To Venice With Love’, ‘Untamed Heart’, ‘Miss With The Most’ etc and often gorgeous painted covers, you just know you’re in for a great big dollop of romance!